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Sony: ‘We need retail for next generation’

The success of PS4, Xbox 720 and Wii U rests on retail, says Sony. UK boss Fergal Gara says the High Street is suffering a ‘readjustment’ following the steep games market decline since 2008. Over the last 12 months alone, the number of UK specialists has dropped by 300 (see …

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ANALYSIS: Digital Charts

MCV wants a digital download chart. First and foremost to prevent industry veterans like Geoff Heath saying things like this: I look at my MCV once a week and I see the size of the market in there, and I can’t resist a wry smile, because what’s covered in there …

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NFS World closed beta kicks off

EA has officially kicked off the closed beta for experimental online MMO racer Need for Speed World and is welcoming applications from potential new members. Set across 150 miles of open world roads, the game aims to create the largest persistent online race world ever seen and represents the series’ …

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EA dates Crysis 2 and key titles

Crysis 2 will be released some time between October and December this year, EA has announced. Crytek’s console FPS isn’t the only title to get dated, either. Other games on the way in the final quarter of the year include Dead Space 2, Criterion’s first entry in the Need for …

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EA fronts iPads games push

The lofty job of presenting the iPad’s games credentials to the world was handed to EA tonight, with exec Travis Boatman taking to the stage to show off an iPad build of popular racer Need for Speed. Though iPad games will be fundamentally the same as those found on iPhone, …

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Need for Speed has "turned the corner"

In an exclusive interview with MCV, EA Europe’s senior VP Jens Uwe Intat has stated that after a troubled few years the Need for Speed IP is back on track. "We’re really turning the corner in terms of product quality," the exec told MCV. "It’s back on track after years …

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A Decade of Christmas Number Ones

2009 is nearly at an end and with it comes the end of the games industry’s most successful ever decade. While each year brings with it a myriad of titles to be won for bragging rights, the Christmas Number One crown remains one of the most coveted. So what better …

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Hornby commits to EA tie-in

Hornby has revealed it will be bringing more Electronic Arts properties to toy shelves in 2010. The company is already seeing strong sales from its Need For Speed Scalextric range, which launched in July, and is now working on additional joint ventures with the games publisher. The Need For Speed …

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Criterions Need for Speed in 2010

Publisher EA has confirmed that next year’s iteration of its Need for Speed IP will not be a sequel to either Shift or Nitro but will instead be the still mysterious Criterion developed instalment. Speaking after EA’s recent financial report, EA Games label president Frank Gibeau confirmed: In recent years, …

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Need for Speed tops 100m sales

Popular racing series Need for Speed has now sold over 100m copies worldwide, publisher EA has revealed, elevating it into an elite group of super-franchises. Less than a handful of franchises up until now have reached that milestone, and we’re honoured actually,” EA’s VP of global marketing Keith Munro told …

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